Drink your way to a longer life

Good news – moderate drinking correlates with longevity. This is a very large meta-studies involving a million subjects. But to what extent is it related to lifestyle and income?

Link: Drink up for a longer life – Aging – MSNBC.com.

Moderate drinking may lengthen your life, while too much may shorten it, researchers from Italy report. Their conclusion is based on pooled data from 34 large studies involving more than 1 million people and 94,000 deaths.

According to the data, drinking a moderate amount of alcohol — up to four drinks per day in men and two drinks per day in women — reduces the risk of death from any cause by roughly 18 percent, the team reports in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

However, “things radically change” when consumption goes beyond these levels.

The original paper:

Alcohol Dosing and Total Mortality in Men and Women
An Updated Meta-analysis of 34 Prospective Studies
Arch Intern Med. 2006;166:2437-2445.

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